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The minor in Political Science may serve a variety of purposes and objectives. For students in majors where your intended career is increasingly involved with governmental regulation or policy (e.g., Business, Engineering, Education, Agriculture, Public Health), a minor in Political Science will help students gain helpful knowledge  about how various organizations interact with, or are impacted by, political institutions and public policy. For students majoring in a related social science discipline, a Political Science minor may provide needed breadth to better understand your own field. Finally, we expect that some students may engage in a Political Science minor to help them make sense of an increasingly complicated political world that confronts them in their roles as citizens.

The minor can be declared at any time, even if you only have a course or two completed or in progress. To explore, declare or get advising on the Poli Sci minor, please drop in during our weekly Peer Advisor Zoom Drop In hours. You must be logged in to Zoom with your UMass Net ID and password to attend a peer drop in session. When attending a drop in session, you'll enter the Zoom Waiting Room, and be admitted to the advising session when a Peer Advisor is available to assist you. Day and times of weekly drop in sessions, along with the relevant Zoom link are listed below. Peer Drop In Hours will NOT be held Monday, October 12, 2020:

If you can't attend any of our Zoom drop in advising times, please use our Advising Questions Google Form to ask questions or let us know you'd like to declare the minor. An advisor will follow up with you promptly on your Google Form submission, and schedule an appointment with you as needed.


Political Science Minor Course Checklist (fillable version coming soon)

To complete the minor in Political Science, you must:

  • Complete one 100-level Political Science course.
  • Complete four upper-level (200 or above) Political Science Courses of which at least two must be at the 300-level.

++At least three of the five courses must be completed within the UMass Amherst Department of Political Science (only 2 courses can be transfer courses).

++The overall GPA for UMass Amherst Political Science courses counted toward the minor must be at least 2.0.